Game maker Kabam's global comms head Steve Swasey departs

Swasey is slated to start in his new role as communications SVP at a public company in San Francisco next week.

Steve Swasey
Steve Swasey

SAN FRANCISCO: Kabam’s SVP and head of global corporate communications Steve Swasey has departed after nearly four years at the mobile game developer.

Over the weekend, Swasey tweeted that he resigned from his position at Kabam to be comms SVP at a public company in San Francisco.

Swasey, who starts in his new role on Monday, declined comment.

His exit comes a little more than five months after he was promoted to his current position as SVP and head of global corporate communications amid a corporate strategy shift to "fewer, bigger, bolder" products.

As SVP, Swasey reported to Kabam’s COO Kent Wakeford. In that position, he was responsible for building, maintaining, and, when necessary, defending the corporate reputation of Kabam  among investors, business partners, vendors, and employees, as well as handling comms to consumers on the product side.

Kabam quickly expanded after Swasey started at the company in 2012 as VP of corporate comms. Even though the gaming company had been present in Beijing since 2011, it wasn’t until it opened a European operations office in Berlin in 2013 that Kabam made Swasey’s role global.

In an April 2014 interview, Swasey told PRWeek that building awareness and an understanding of Kabam’s business model among investors and the media was one of the greatest challenges he faced at the company.

"We value Steve’s tremendous contributions to Kabam and we wish him all the best in his new job," Joanne Sibug, Kabam’s senior manager of corporate communications, told PRWeek via email.  

Before joining Kabam, Swasey served as Netflix’s VP of corporate communications for seven years.  

Previously, he was director of corporate communications at Oracle's PeopleSoft; Tri Valley Growers’ director of PR and public affairs; and E&J Gallo Winery’s director of PR.

Earlier in his career, Swasey served as VP and management supervisor at Ketchum.

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